05 April 2017
Yesterday, Tuesday 4th April, Lloyds Bank, Newham Council and Lendlease celebrated the first anniversary of their joint construction skills and education initiative, the Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Centre.
The pioneering project is delivered through Lendlease and the council’s successful job brokerage scheme Workplace. The Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Fund of £1m was awarded to Newham Council last year to deliver:
As part of today’s celebrations, seven Newham participants were recognised with special achievement awards presented by the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.
After a successful first year of the initiative, the awards recognised those deemed to have made the most of the opportunity to be supported into secure and sustainable employment within the construction industry, either through being helped directly into employment, or after excelling in entry-level training.
The seven award winners were:
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales
“I am delighted to be giving these awards to our Newham residents who have been supported into employment by our Workplace team as part of the Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Centre initiative. They are great ambassadors for Workplace showing that hard work and commitment can lead to good quality, sustainable employment in the construction industry.”
Edward Thurman, Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions and Group Ambassador for London at Lloyds Banking Group
“It is fantastic to visit the Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Centre at the International Quarter London. It has been a year since the Construction Skills Fund was launched with the award of £1million to Newham Council to support skills development and narrow the skills gap in the construction sector. This initiative is a great example of our commitment to helping Britain prosper by addressing the challenges of housing and employability and delivering more and better construction skills training in Newham.”
Award winner Alfie Brown
“It is great to be supported by so many people and organisations to help me get into construction. I learned good basic construction techniques through the multi-skills course to help me get my first general operative job. My employers recognised that I am a good worker and have offered me a plumbing apprenticeship, so I am now attending college as well as working and really enjoying it and looking forward to a career in construction.”
Lloyds Bank, Newham Council and Lendlease are working in partnership on the construction skills initiative to address the current and future skills gap within the construction industry in London. The Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Fund of £1m was awarded to Newham Council in 2016 to deliver training, education and recruitment initiatives between 2016 and 2020.
The Lloyds Bank Fund has resulted in the following in the first year: 85 new entrants to the industry placed into work; 16 apprentices; over 140 industry recognised qualifications delivered; almost 300 school children have been provided with an opportunity to explore careers in construction. Lloyds Bank launched the Fund as part of its commitment to helping Britain prosper through improving employability. It is also in response to housebuilders’ calls for more and better construction skills training - essential if the capital is to build the extra homes its residents urgently need.